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Dawn Burrow, left, receives her Peoples Bank and Trust Volunteer of the Quarter Award from bank representative Terri Beal.

Brownstown high schooler Kaylee Sefton was recently recognized at an Illinois Principal’s Association breakfast on March 16.

The costs of the St. Elmo Pool have become too exorbitant to continue operations. Bids are being accepted to tear down the 51-year old facility.

To aid the St. Elmo High School Post Prom efforts, VOO DOO GYPSIES Motorcycle Club recently made a donation to the event. Receiving the funds on  behalf of the club, center, is student Malachi Maxey.

The St. Elmo Golf Club is prepping for the 2016 golf season.


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Frosts introduce SouthSide Gym Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:04

After a recent transfer in ownership, Leigh and Dr. Robb Frost are again the owners of the sole workout facility in Altamont. No longer known as The Rock, SouthSide Gym opened its doors on Monday, April 11.

Leigh Frost expressed her desire to take the gym in a new direction. “We want Altamont to be proud of their gym. We want it to grow,” she said.

Upon the purchase, the Frosts closed the doors in order to complete a slight makeover. Fresh paint has been applied to the walls, light bulbs have been replaced, and training equipment has been added.

Leigh stated that it was unfortunate that the expansion of strength training equipment has come at the expense of the group classroom, but she is excited about the strengthtraining opportunities for patrons.

Inspired to a degree by CrossFit, the former classroom houses items such as battle ropes and bumper plates and will provide a separate space for higher-level weightlifters.

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Philpot addresses the state budget issues, virtues of the district Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:01

With another school year coming to a close and so much talk of the impact of the state budget issues on schools, we thought it would be a good time to sit down with St. Elmo Superintendent Deb Philpot to discuss her handling of district finance and what makes St. Elmo great.

On the state budget impasse

Philpot, who is in her 11th year as head of the district, stated that schools across the state have been dealing with funding proration now for five years. Given the fact that rural districts are fairly reliant upon state aid, it has been a challenge. She admitted that after the first year of funding cuts, she hoped it was a one-time issue.

“I think that since the state saw we all survived that, they decided to make that proration if they thought the funds weren’t available,” Philpot explained.

“I’ve always been a conservative person, not only personally, but by profession,” she added. “I am the fiscal manager for the district, so I have always searched for ways to economize to conserve dollars in our district.”

She stated that she believes St. Elmo has been able to weather the storm, but not without cuts. Proration has cost the district an estimated $855,418 over the past five years. As of the end of fiscal years 2015, the education fund has a balance of $1,081,025. Philpot stated that the district, at times, has absorbed the loss of teachers and other staff due to  retirement, rather than filling them.

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St. Elmo accepts repair bids for several projects Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 April 2016 12:56

The St. Elmo City Board approved funding for city hall roof and city garage repairs at their monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 6.

Photographs taken by Jewett Roofing showed the extent of the disrepair to the roof at city hall. Two bids were received by Jewett Roofing and Mid-State. Mid-State’s estimate included tearing off the current roof while Jewett would install the new roof over the existing one. The board members voted to accept Mid-State bid of $15,425.12 for the more extensive repair.

The city garage repair bids presented by Mayor Ernie Myers were higher than anticipated by the city. The engineers who estimated the project believed to repairs to cost between $60-70,000. Three bids were received: one at $165,494, another at $147,371, and a third at $117,000. Myers also received a bid to tear down and replace the current building, at a total cost of $190,000 including $35,000 to tear down the existing building.

At those costs, Myers explained that he felt that the city would be better served remodeling the existing building. He explained that the proposed new building would not have nearly the storage capacity of the existing garage given current building codes. The existing garage is grandfathered in. He proposed the repairs to take place in three phases to better serve the city’s budget.

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Altamont High School opens doors for Vision 2020 Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 April 2016 13:00

The eyes of Effingham County gazed upon Altamont High School as the facility was the site for the Vision 2020 breakfast on Thursday, April 7. The forward-looking organization brings together community leaders to reflect upon and celebrate the area and consider its future growth.

This event was atypical of others, as it was entirely student-led. Altamont High School senior Travis Whitt was the keynote speaker and Logan Deadmond and Eric Wolff served as masters of ceremonies. Altamont students served the breakfast and served as marshals. Klaiton Wolff, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes gave the invocation. Collin York and Marlee Fearday provided music throughout the meal.

Whitt focused his address on the lessons learned while an Altamont student and participant in several civic organizations and programs, including the United States Senate Page Program and the Illinois State Board of Education Student Advisory Council.

Whitt stressed that the foundation provided him in the small has been an advantage rather than an obstacle. He credited, in part, his early education at the Altamont Lutheran Interparish School and his time at Altamont High School for the success he has had in life thus far. The senior encouraged all in attendance to invest in early education in their communities.

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A 50-year tradition ends as St. Elmo pool to be torn out Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 04 April 2016 11:28

Facing deep financial needs, the St. Elmo swimming pool was slated for demolition recently by the Avena Township Park Board. Board President Greg Haslett remarked that the “money just wasn’t there” to keep the pool up-to-date and functional.

“We usually brought in about $7000 in passes and food and it takes $26,000 to run it,” he explained.

The pool had not seen prices raised for several years and with estimates ranging from $300,000 in repairs to $1,000,000 to build a new pool, continuing to operate the pool was determined to no longer be an option two years ago. Despite offers for help, the gap between income and expenses was simply too great. St. Elmo news writer Anna Jean Rhodes estimates the board’s total budget to be $35,000-45,000 per year.

Haslett commented that the board is putting out bids for the work and will still own the property.

The pool has a long history in St. Elmo.

Rhodes, who helped to raise support for the pool in the 1960s, stated that a five-person board spearheaded the original effort. Avena Township Park Board President Pat (O’Brien) Welker, Vice President Ayres Buzzard, Secretary-Treasurer Robert Scott, Everett Smith, and Chloe Patillo made up the board when the issue went before city residents at the ballot box April 7, 1964.

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